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E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home)

How would you and your family get out of your home if there were a fire?  How would they escape from the second or third floor of your home?  What would you do after everyone was out of the house?

A careful escape plan begins with careful preparation, proper placement of smoke detectors, and regular EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home) practice.  We hope you will never have a fire in your home, however, should a fire occur, your safety, and that of your entire family will depend upon your calm reaction.  Exit drills in the home and a carefully designed escape plan can be the key to everyone getting out safely!

Making An Escape Plan

Always Know 2 Ways Out!

Planning now, before an emergency, will ensure that you are ready and can provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind.  To design your fire escape plan:

Sketch the floor plan of your home on a piece of paper.  This drawing should clearly show all doors, windows, and other ways out from each room in your house.  

Draw red arrows to show the normal exits that can be used as a primary escape route.  

Now draw blue arrows to show secondary exits from each room in the home.

Finally, choose a safe location outside where your family members can meet once they have safely escaped.  A large tree in your front yard, the mailbox, or sidewalk are ideal meeting places.  Once everyone is accounted for, send someone to a neighbors home to call 911.

After you complete your sketch, sit down with your family and discuss it with them.  If you need help in designing your plan, or if you would like to have your plan reviewed, email the Fire Codes Enforcement & Prevention Division for assistance.

Now that you have completed your fire escape plan, its time to test it out.  Regular exit drills in the home will allow you to test the plan and make adjustments as they are needed.  When practicing your plan, remember to use both the primary and alternate escape routes from each room.  Children should be closely supervised by their parents when practicing EDITH and no one should take unnecessary risks.

Sometimes people have special needs that place them at greater risk during a fire emergency.  This would include individuals who are physically or mentally handicapped.  Persons with special needs should sleep in a bedroom near someone who can help in the event of an emergency, preferably on a ground floor. 

Exit Drills In The Home

Drills are the key to being prepared to act fast in the event of a fire emergency in your home.  For more information on EDITH, visit the National Fire Protection Agency's website.

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